The Ghost of Christmas Waste tops the Taxpayer Naughty List for billing taxpayers $6,000 per night on a single hotel room during the Queen’s funeral.
“Taxpayers were visited by the Ghost of Christmas Waste this year,” said Franco Terrazzano, Federal Director of the CTF. “Someone spent $6,000 per night on a hotel room but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won’t say who it was so this mysterious waste continues to haunt taxpayers.”
Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem made the Taxpayer Naughty List for giving central bankers $45 million in bonuses and raises during the pandemic and as inflation took off.
Saskatchewan Finance Minister Donna Harpauer also landed in Santa’s bad books for spending $8,000 on a private plane to fly from Regina to North Battleford.
Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston made the Taxpayer Nice List for recalling the legislature to freeze MLA pay and cut his own pay by more than $11,000.
The Parliamentary Budget Officer also made the Taxpayer Nice List for improving accountability and transparency in Ottawa.
“Governor General Mary Simon landed in Santa’s bad books for getting an early start on the festivities and billing taxpayers for her fancy airplane feasts in March,” said Kris Sims, Alberta Director of the CTF.
“Alberta Premier Danielle Smith is keeping more money in families’ pockets this year, and so are the premiers in New Brunswick and Ontario. That fills taxpayers with joy.”
You can read the full Taxpayer Naughty and Nice List here.
Taxpayer Naughty List:
The Ghost of Christmas Waste
Federal Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland
Governor General Mary Simon
Federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault
Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem
Saskatchewan Finance Minister Donna Harpauer
Taxpayer Nice List:
Alberta Premier Danielle Smith
Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston
New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs
Ontario Premier Doug Ford
Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux
Canadian Taxpayers Federation